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Buyer Beware! | April 21, 2022

It’s amazing — and scary — how wildly drug prices can vary between pharmacies. And between name brand drugs and generics, especially when you don’t have insurance.

Here are some comparisons:

Take 100 pills of 100 mg. of name brand Lamictal for example:

In Canada, retail prices can vary from $248.99 to $274.71! http://www.pharmacychecker.com/brand/price-comparison/lamictal/100+mg/

Through drugs.com, retail prices are between $21.23 and $119.78 https://www.drugs.com/price-guide/lamotrigine

But there are some great coupon offers out there like:  Prescription Hope which offers over 1,500 brand name medications as prescribed by your doctor. There’s a $15 per prescription per month service fee. And a yearly enrollment fee of only $15 — no other medication cost and no hidden costs. https://prescriptionhope.com

GoodRx, can save you up to 70% (mostly on generics) with a free drug/prescription discount card, which can be used at CVS Pharmacy, Target, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Kroger and 60,000 other participating pharmacies nationwide.

No insurance is needed. There’s only one hitch, prices may vary by zip code. So check pharmacies around your area for the best deal. http://www.goodrx.com/

And these programs have been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Prevention Magazine, Forbes Magazine, ABC, NBC and Fox News!

So, what do you have to lose, except savings!

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  1. Reblogged this on Disablities & Mental Health Issues.

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    Comment by Kenneth — April 21, 2022 @ 10:58 AM

  2. It’s not just the costs of these drugs that scares me & may make me broke. It is all the side effects short & long term effects you get, and there seems to be ever anything to reverse & change back to what you were before you every started taking the drugs, like LAMICTAL So SLEEP is to be so important to anyone really not just us who have seizures, as sleep is to rebuild health neurons & cells every night, when or IF you are able to get sound & healthy sleep. What doctor or a neurologist ever cares to focus on that, when a drug like LAMICTAL will cause INSOMNIA to where taking MELATONIN does less for sleep than drinking water will do when you take LAMICTAL? My Lamictal days have been over for 10 years now, but the INSOMNIA is still with me from taking the Lamictal for 12 years and the LONG TERM side effect of INSOMNIA from LAMICTAL is going to stay with me for life, which 22 years ago before taking Lamictal, I also kept having the seizures, from the problem from taking for 12 years LAMICTAL & getting back INSOMNIA. I had no idea how to spell Insomnia & NEVER HAD IT before Lamictal was to had been my miracle drug for me back in 2000. So a PRICE of a drug may mean nothing if you can or CAN’T sleep at night & have less or NO seizures or MORE seizures from the drugs & less sleep. XCOPRI as it is safer only to take the 50MGS tablets to be taken, seems to be for now that right drug that seems to help me sleep better, PLUS since NOV 9,2021 NO SEIZURES have happened with the VIMPAT I still am taking with it of 200MGS 2-100MG tablets. So I 1st think of RESULTS & SIDE EFFECTS before the PRICE & if it or 2 drugs are not working the ways they should be working, I say HELL NO to taking that 1 or more drugs, like after 12 years in having the right neurologist, took me off the LAMICTAL but the damage was done after 12 years when finally their hearing got better & LESS seizures have happened before XCOPRI came along & NO seizures have happened. So THINK of the price you may want to pay IF no seizures are the result hopefully for life, as I have been now 5 months with no seizure to have happen. Longest I have been 5 months seizure free since starting that streak back on OCT 2010 to April 2011, as I was on then VIMPAT & LAMICTAL, with very little sleep at times.

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    Comment by James D — April 21, 2022 @ 11:08 AM

    • If you have Medicare part D which is prescription then I he pharmacies do not allow you to use these less expensive plans

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      Comment by Lynn — April 21, 2022 @ 1:28 PM

  3. GoodRx? No savings for me. My Dilantin cost me $485 for a 90 day supply. I’m trying to get my health plan (Humana) to give me a tier exception. Appealing their decision to deny the exception made two weeks ago. Anyone who uses Dilantin have similar experience? Have any of you tried a generic of Dilantin with good results?

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    Comment by Tom — April 21, 2022 @ 1:06 PM

  4. If you have Medicare part D which is prescription then the pharmacies do not allow you to use these less expensive plans.

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    Comment by Lynn — April 21, 2022 @ 1:28 PM

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 21, 2022 @ 3:07 PM

  5. How can you be cautious around “prescription” marijuana or illicit drugs?!
    I don’t do them! Never have never will… But the effects of them the smoke on me triggers me into several seizures! The last is usually the worst Atonic or Tonic Clonic where I am found unconscious either in a store ( the last paramedics made a joke about to all that were in earshot!)
    Or on the sidewalk severely injured and bleeding!
    I’ve heard, “if I haven’t seen than it hasn’t happened yet!”
    That one is an old one that I heard in my former(?) apartment where I felt trapped in my Solarium!
    I’ve heard since….

    I’m losing so much blood from the Severe Atonic Epileptic seizures that I have lost a lot of my hair! I’ve been questioned if someone had done this to me deliberately.

    In 7 days I had more than 7 Epileptic Seizures many times were witnessed others were Focal or as would be as like dizziness. I laid down on a bed and slept as I did in my apartment where I was damned a “drug addict and a drunk!”

    Yet long ago when I was around healthy people and a healthy community I didn’t have any Epileptic Seizures! When I moved into my first apartment it was after something that I couldn’t have stopped.
    If the police did their research and finally got around to say yes …
    But it was a train wreck already in motion. I was another woman in the way to stand up against him!
    Police did not!
    I won’t go further!
    I just entered the hospital semi-conscious to unconscious after…

    I’m in canada and there are no ways to find an Epilepsy Advocate to help me with what I need!
    I don’t know if I’m going to die out here from Epileptic Seizures and injuries!
    My heart has been tested for anything in the past few years where I am NOW not where I was there then with a life. A Cat. Internet. Cable of my own and a phone that works receiving phone calls!
    I was told what to do by danger strangers that read my snail mail from any month/year although it was addressed not to them but to me.

    Stress… I’d like to be able to sleep in not eat breakfast and sleep.

    Anyway It’s Earth Day.
    Happy Earth Day 🌎🌍🌏

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    Comment by Tabitha — April 22, 2022 @ 1:37 AM


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